The World Green Building Council has launched a strategy aimed at delivering net zero buildings by 2050. Advancing Net Zero seeks to help reduce CO2 emissions from the buildings sector by 84 gigatonnes by 2050, a target made at COP21 in Paris, last December. The Advancing Net Zero programme will initially be delivered through certification and training.
NHBC have announced the first round winners of Pride in the Job competition. Pride in the Job is dedicated to recognising site managers who achieve the highest standards in house-building. The winners receive a Quality Award and go on to compete for Seal of Excellence and a Regional Award.
A new report from the World Green Building Council, Health and Wellbeing in Homes, demonstrates that people are willing to pay more for healthier homes. The research suggests that UK consumers want a home that contributes to their health and wellbeing, and almost 30 per cent would be willing to pay more for such a home, whether buying or renting. The report follows Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices and Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail.
This is supported by research by Redrow. 63% of 1,730 prospective new homebuyers surveyed by Redrow indicated a desire to purchase a sustainable home and 38% actually said they intended to. The research also delved into the factors that influence homebuyers’ decisions. Those surveyed ranked lower energy bills as more important than a garden, parking space, amenities, external appeal/design of home, and fittings & appliances when choosing a home.
Meanwhile the Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into the capacity of the housebuilding industry to meet demand for new homes, let alone sustainable homes. And an inquiry into the quality of new build housing in England presents 10 recommendations setting out measures to improve the quality of workmanship in new homes and provide consumers with easier and cheaper forms of redress, to get problems fixed.
The importance of health and wellbeing is championed in a new report by Constructing Excellence, Productivity in Construction, saying “The cost of construction – and maintenance – of a facility, whether a building or a piece of transport or energy infrastructure, is dwarfed by the effect that well designed, well built and well maintained facilities have on the productivity of the rest of the economy.”
DECC are holding an open consultation on ECO, seeking views on proposed changes for 2017-18, as well as feedback on a high level design for a longer term supplier obligation (2018 – 22). The European Commission is interested in the opinion of built environment professionals and stakeholders on the first proposal for a framework of core EU indicators for the environmental performance of buildings. Meanwhile the Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an Inquiry ‘Leaving The EU: Implications For UK Climate Policy Inquiry’
Finally the Chartered Institute of Marketing provide an interesting article on why marketers need to own sustainability, saying they are key to ‘telling the story’.